Archive - April 2015

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Start Today – Be the Change
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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite
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Bunnies and Chicks? Where?!

Start Today – Be the Change

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I began today like I always do.  I did my 20 minutes of meditation to help myself get off on the right foot, then checked my messages on Facebook and email.  The first thing I saw was a post one of my closest friends added early this morning about Baltimore.  I cannot explain the feeling of sadness and loss when I read about the violence in Baltimore, but I don’t think I really need to.  It put a weight, a feeling of responsibility to make positive changes in my life and my actions starting immediately.  Many Americans, and possibly many around the world, are feeling the same as I do today.  Americans want change.  The world wants change.  Malcontent has been brewing for ages.  We’ve seen it boil over more and more often and closer and closer to home each time.  Not always in a way that will bring about the changes we all seek.  Undermining and overshadowing the good being done everywhere.  No one wants anyone to die.  NO one wants pain and suffering and destruction.  I hear it all around me, this wish for things to be better.  The corruption to cease and life to better.  Yet so many feel that they don’t have any say.  That speaking out will only give them grief without making a difference in the long run.   We aren’t alone.  Rather than take our frustration out on one another, we need to join together.  Stand shoulder to shoulder and communicate like the intelligent and compassionate people we are.  Bridge the gaps that have grown between us.

Then I read another post about Balitmore.  One by a favorite artist of mine, Michael Franti.  Michael is a man I have come to highly respect, for his words but also for his actions.  My daddy always told me, it’s not just what someone says, it what they do.  I have tried to remember that about myself and of others.  Michael is trying to be the person he asks each of us to be.  True to himself and his fellow men (and women 🙂 ).  There is a better way to rise above and bring positive and peaceful change.  No one says it will be easy and none of us are perfect. We will make mistakes.  But is doesn’t have to be this way, I know that for certain.  I feel it deep in my soul.  We can learn from out mistakes and do things differently from this day forward.  Live conscientiously.  Michael says it so much more eloquently.  Check out his call to action here:

I am surrounded by amazing people and meet more every day.  Yes there is darkness & yes there is loss in life.  That is natural.  Without those things we wouldn’t appreciate the good things to their fullest.  There is also so, so, so much light!  So much joy and abundance and love that it overwhelms.  You just have to have faith.  I’m not talking about religious faith, though for many that is a great part of it too.  I’m talking about believing, with every fiber of your being, that things will change for the better.  The violence and hatred and suppression and fear will be washed away and balance restored.  It starts with you.  Believe you are great.  You are worthy.  BECAUSE YOU ARE.  Then extend that feeling to the people you meet everyday.  No matter who they are and how they treat you.  Be open and give.  Give to yourself and give to others.

That is one of the many reasons we are creating World Tree Circle.  We want to create a place where we can all connect, even when we can’t be together in person.  Help us make this happen.  There is no time to waste.  Let’s become a true global community!

 

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Around the World in 80 Days? Eh, Not Quite

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Thanks to one of our WCU students in the campaign team we were given a table at this year’s International Festival at Western Carolina University to promote both the Website and the Go Fund Me Campaign for the upcoming Run/Bike Promotional Tour.  They hold this event every year and there is a table for different countries represented by the international students in attendance at WCU.  They have food, drinks, art, traditional dress, and crafts available for Festival goers to look at, and quite often, buy.  There are also vendors with local and international cuisine as well as some craft booths.

It was an beautiful sunny day with lots of people, good music from all over the world (including a live bagpipe performance), and tasty treats.  We put together a brief video to give you a glimpse of the day.  Check it out…

 

Bunnies and Chicks? Where?!

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One of the more widely celebrated holidays around the world is Easter.  I myself didn’t realize how widely spread it really was.

Growing up here in the US, to me it was all about the fancy new frock, handmade by my grandma with love.  I always matched my sisters’ specially made dresses, albeit in different colors.  We would gather with some of our extended family over a huge meal that my grandma, great aunt, aunts, and mother would make.  Then runpatent leather shoes around outside risking my beautiful dress and scuffing my new pats.

To some of my friends, it has always been a more religious occasion, with good reason.  For Christians, Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  For Jews, this is a time of repentance known as Passover¹.  Some countries, I have read, celebrate anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks.  Even in India, where less than 2 percent of the population is Christian, Easter is celebrated with zeal.

As a young adult I also came to learn that this is also a time when many pagan religions celebrate the return of warmer weather and new life.  Known as Ostara, Eostar, or Eostre is celebrated around the same time².  This is always on the Spring Equinox, when the day and night are the same length of time.  Celebrations still include colored eggs, bunnies, and chicks.  Due to the timing of the day and night, it is also a time of reflection on the balance of things in our lives – life and death in particular.

No matter your belief, this is a truly beautiful time to celebrate new life, new beginnings, another opportunity to start anew with hope and high spirits.  So here is to a new beginning for each and everyone one of us!

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References

¹ http://www.courierpress.com/lifestyle/a-time-to-celebrate-many-religious-holidays-fall

² “Circle Round, Raising Children in Goddess Traditions” by Starhawk, Diane Baker, & Anne Hill

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